10 days in Turkey Itinerary

10 days in Turkey Itinerary

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10 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Selcuk
— 1 night
2
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Cairo

1
night
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 1st (Tue), stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk journey planning site .

Cairo, Egypt to Selcuk is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in January, things will get slightly colder in Selcuk: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

2
nights
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis & Pamukkale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamukkale Natural Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Balloon Rides

4
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul journey app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stop by Turquoise Rugs & Bags, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Goreme hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme

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